Ever since the original introduction of cloud computing in the 21st century, the technology has been steeped in controversy, consumer misconceptions and downright false information. In an effort to dispel some of these myths, Microsoft recently conducted a survey of more than 2,000 partners located throughout 11 different countries. The survey ranked the most common misconceptions associated with cloud computing while simultaneously trying to ease the concerns of the general public.
As expected, privacy issues were cited as the number one concern of most cloud customers. While this is certainly a valid concern, especially with the rising threat of identity theft, privatized cloud structures have already proven themselves capable of retaining customer privacy and information integrity. Moreover, applications like Office 365 can be utilized to safeguard your data and ensure your privacy even further.
Data security ranked as the second largest myth amongst cloud users. While different cloud architectures may utilize different security protocols and encryption methods, cloud computing is generally considered a secure form of long-term data storage amongst IT experts. Some services, including Microsoft's own Office 365, have received ISO 27001, HIPAA and FISMA certifications for data security and protection.
Another concern revolves around the ownership of cloud-based data, services and software. Again, such protocols may differ depending on your cloud provider, but certain cloud structures do provide internal IT staff members with a great deal control over the development of APIs and customized software. Furthermore, the use of cloud-based software frees up the time and costs associated with hosting your own IT infrastructure.
Maturity, or lack thereof, was another myth revolving around cloud computing. In fact, as Microsoft's survey pointed out, the original concept of cloud computing can be traced all the way back to the 1950s. Microsoft itself has already accumulated 15 years of experience in cloud computing, and they are expected to continue supporting the technology for years to come.
Roger Teo, Microsoft Partner and business director of Sapientia Holdings, offered his own retort to the issue of cloud maturity. “We assure them that Microsoft is here to stay. Customers don’t want a cloud service provider which may discontinue their services in the next year. Microsoft’s ‘all in’ effort won’t stop in the next year."
Complications associated with the initial setup, ongoing maintenance and day-to-day usage of cloud technology is another myth that has been plaguing many CEOs and enterprise leaders. However, many programs, including Office 365, provide companies with the luxury of adapting to cloud services at their own pace. This allows them to get a feel for the cloud infrastructure before diving in and making a full commitment.
Other concerns about enterprise cloud computing revolved around the cost and reliability of such technology, the added value of cloud architecture, reliability, startup costs and a foggy return-on-investment forecast. However, as Ensyst's general manager, Nick Sone, explained, many of these are concerns are nothing more than common misconceptions.
“It’s natural to have concerns when adopting a new technology, but by working with proven vendors who are willing to demonstrate their commitment to the platform users can be safe in the knowledge that the solutions will evolve to meet changing business needs.” Sone said.
Microsoft Unveils Top Five Cloud Myths
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